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the east of core ukraina lot of russian speakers there, fireworks in terms of energy prices in terms terms of energy prices in europe. >> europe depends on the infrastructure, tried to diversify a way away from russian energy, through the cast pecaspea sea. >> because the domestic supplies from these critical producers are dhoining, that really -- declining that really the pipeline supplies at a will be available for europe will be -- that will be available will be largely from russian gas. >> european leaders understand that, that's why they are calling for dialogue with, not sanctions against, russia. ali velshi, al jazeera. >> warren hogue, and from providence, rhode island, thomas nichols, professor of national security affairs. gentlemen, welcome. >> thank you. >> warren, let me start with you if i might. angela merkel suggested that the russian president is out of touch with reality tonight. is that just rhetoric or they have just lost control? >> i think what she said was he was from a different planet. i think exactly he is from a different planet. the russians view this differentl
an interesting note this morning, there's energy in the ukraine that could supplant the russians as far as being a supplier to western europe. there's a lot of things going on here. we'll hear more about it. this isn't going to go away. >> david molnar, you point out we're hovering around the fifth anniversary of the beginning of this bull market from the lows of march of '09. it's getting long in the tooth. is this market just running out of steam. is this a good excuse to sell today? >> yeah, bill, i think that's exactly what we're seeing here is that the market is a little bit extended, a little bit tired after a big run here off the january lows. we needed to see something come along that would create an impetus for consolidation, even a short-term correction, and this happens to be it right now. i agree with the prior two guests that this is probably going to be a short-term correction. it's not necessarily, you know, a change in trend here, but i would point out we do have friday's employment report coming out that's going to dictate a lot about, you know, the future direction of fed polic
. we see an energy prices up. so we see an uptick for brent. point when these oil prices continue to uptick. it will get to a point where people will start thinking about inflation. perhaps what it could mean for growth ahead. for gold, one point three percent, we are now at $1343. a $150 gain so far. north korea, when that happens, we usually get an uptick along the south korean defense plays. naver corp, two percent down after gains last week. i will be back later on. john, back to you. j.crewican fashion has -- has friends in very hype very high places. and may have a new owner. >> that is the country trading in the japanese trading session. they may acquire j.crew for a deal valued at the $5 billion. really looking to make inroads in the u.s. unwilling to grow and expand overseas. they want to be the world's largest clothing retailer. so they are betting on scoop-neck tees and cardigans. the bigs fan is michelle obama the united states. she loves them. i love -- i wear some j.crew j.crew -- i wear some clothing. it is hard to buy it here. leonard green has been the guy behind
on its energy are little bit more hesitant, the complete western unity on this issue is unlikely at this point. season companies and individual property and accounts in russia if the sanctions are imposed. concerns or confrontations stretching all the way along the north and east, that is true in the city here, it is a stronghold of pro-russian sentiment in ukraine and it is the home base of ousted president. pro-russian supporters seized a local government building but were remove this morning but not for long. they have retaken the building, re-raising the russian flag and singing soviet era songs. it just highlights the tensions and the divide within ukraine are still running very deep. cheryl: ashley webster, thank you for the update. we will monitor any headlines we will get out of paris but for now of course following this for the client. what are you talking your clients are of interest in eastern europe and in particular with russia, could be be concerned about the stability of the region right now? >> for the last year they have told european clans they face a threat in
.com. >>> the power of oil and gas, russia is a big energy supplier to europe, and that has global suppliers worried. we'll talk to ali velshi about that. >>> discussions at the white house between the leaders of israel and the united states. >>> an emergency session today at the white house. john terrett is life. the russians called this meeting. what were they trying to achieve? >> this was the third meeting in four days at the united nations security council. they have been talking only about ukraine and specifically about crimea. the russians called this meeting, and they wanted to put moscow's point of view to the rest of the world to explain what they really feel of the country of ukraine and the region of crimea. the long-standing ambassador to the united nations, read a letter which he said came from viktor yanukovych who was moscow's man until a couple of weeks ago, and called for russian forces to intervene in ukraine to save the country. afterwards they came out and read threater again. >> the country is in the grip of outright terror and violence driven by the west. in this context i app
be to europe's economy if this thing escalates. russia a major energy supplier for europe. remember, that region is only beginning to emerge from a long recession. >> and europe dependent on russia, which is why many of these european countries seem to be dragging their feet right now to implement some of the sanctions that the united states might like to see. >> and russia dependent on europe. it needs to be paid for the gas it gives them. the russian economy has been moving, you know, in a negative way, i would say, over the past six months or so. they need each other. >> and a lot happened in russia yesterday. the market's staggering losses. >> unbelievable. >> but the price of oil and gas going up, which does benefit russia. >> right. >> they may be able to survive this for some time. >> a lot of pieces on this chess board. >> indeed. >>> happening today back in washington, president obama set to unveil his 2015 budget proposal, complete with tens of billions of dollars in additional spending for education, job training, also the military. the proposal does call for extending so
, its ties to russia, the transport hub, so much of russian energy supplies into urine. it is incredibly important where it is and the gas and oil that runs through it. this is what's so precarious about this ratcheting up of concerns. there is that map we made for you. >> it is literally the pipeline to the west. all that gas from russia goes right through ukraine. >> you look at russian companies. right now, the russian companies that are russian but they trade on the new york stock exchange, the nasdaq. russian oil companies losing 6%, 7%. an exchange traded fund, the rsx, that tracks russia, down big. russian stocks hammered, 13%. the ruble, tumbling. a record low to the euro and the dollar. the central bank of russia came in and jacked up interest rates to try to buffer and help its economy with all of these head winds. >> this matters not just to americans and their 401(k)s but it will matter diplomatically as well. these are the levers that u.s. negotiators can pull. >> if the sabre rattling continues, that urt hads markets for the week. >> we are covering the crisis in the ukrain
, arguing the gop tax plan will, quote, put the brakes on america's drive to energy independence. joining me now, former republican congressman, jc watts, who serves as a consultant for the domestic energy producers alliance. and with a welcome to you. >> thank you, alex. >> i'm going to call you jc during this interview. >> it works. >> okay, good. before we get to the impact on the energy sector, what is your take on this broader tax plan? >> well, it makes a lost assumptions. and first of all, i think chairman camp needs to be commended for, you know, putting something out there. but it's a discussion draft. and there's much discussion that needs to be had had, and especially when it it comes to i think the energy sector and those people who are creating jobs when you look at percentage depletion, that area that i would be very concerned about. and you've got about 18,000 small business owners that use percentage depletion as a form of capital formation. that's the biggest barrier to small business entering the segment, is capital formation, and that would be a real blow to it. and then y
, but we think there's still a lot of value in energy and in the tech sector in the larger cap names. >> we, on the other hand, we would be careful -- very quickly, we would be cautious hardi regarding any yield plays or income plays. i would be positioned to play a stronger than expected economy. small banks, community banks in particular are still very cheap and we're in the middle -- we're in the beginning of a consolidation in that industry. so i think that's a great sector to be in. >> so you feel interest rates are rising as the economy gets stronger there. very interesting. thank you all. >> fascinating. >> appreciate it very much. >>> as we sit here, we are near the highs of the day right now. the dow four points off that high we hit earlier in the session with a gain of 235 points. >> we have 45 minutes to go to the close. if at first you don't succeed, try again. that has been the president's motto when it comes to the federal budget. he's trying again today. we'll take a look to see who would be paying more in taxes if he gets his way this time. >>> renowned bond fund pimco has b
, other parts of california, too. but it's on the move. all that energy has its target on washington, d.c., parts of west virginia, kentucky. this thing is not just snow, it's sleet and a whole lot of mess. let's get to gio. he'll bring us the rest of the story. good morning, gio. >> reporter: hey, ginger, good morning to you from the famous "rocky" steps. you can see these plows working here in philadelphia. we're seeing a mix of snow and sleet here in philly. and all across the nation, an icy mess. take a look. this morning, blinding snow. and pounding sleet. >> talk about sleet coming down. >> reporter: attacking half the nation. from texas to oklahoma -- [ thunder claps ] ground-shaking thunder snow. and this rare sight in norman, oklahoma. thunder sleet lightning. in southern illinois, car windshields transforming into blinding sheets of solid ice. in wichita, kansas, an ice road nightmare. hundreds of weather-related accidents leading to at least eight deaths. in arkansas, this suv losing control and plunging right off a bridge injuring two and killing one. this semi in oklahoma c
. it means the batteries of their cells are defective. you need energy. remember all those high school books with the cells dividing and things that need energy to drive it. these kids are born with problems in the battery. the technique is take an egg with a normal, healthy battery, a my toechondria and transplant it into an egg in a family you know has these diseases and fertilize it, voila, in theory, no problem, no disease, because you have put in the right genes. >> the egg has dna from two mothers. >> 37 genes come with the my toechondria and two mothers. in all honesty, i don't think we will have a dispute based on that. it is pretty clear the dad and the person that has the embryo and carries it to term are going to be the parents. >> let's bring in danny cevallos. is there going to be a problem there? let's start with the fact that there would be three parents. would somebody have a right to say that they can claim parentage to an offspring? >> well, that becomes a problem. how will the law deal with what is a parent and how to define a parent. dr. caplan, i have been a follower of
. >> they say he's full of energy. it's an amazing story. >> it is. >>> all right, well quite a meeting last night for brooklyn nets center jason collins, the first openly gay athlete in a major sport. he tweeted this picture with the family of matthew shepard. >> he wears the number 98 in shepa shepard's honor much the meeting took place after the nets beat denver. >>> some of lebron james' teammates are having fun with his new face mask. >> all the kidding didn't start until after last night's game. our hoops highlights from the guys at espn. >> he's stan, i'm neil. this is the "sportscenter" set, the original "sportscenter" set. >> would we be on a fake one? >> good point. >> lebron james and the heat at home taking on the knicks. james first action since breaking his nose. has the mask on. raymond felton in the news this week, as well. hits the bucket there for the knicks but check out james. right down main street. he had 31 points, shot 13 of 19 and the heat big over the knick, 108-82. >> okay oregon needs to win at pauley pavilion because they make not make the tournament. anderson an
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they crashed twitter with that retweet. they were all in such a good mood last night, the energy was fantastic and it really translated to the tv. >> reporter: i don't want to call myself a thief but i did get you a gift. >> you didn't steal that oscar. >> reporter: and the oscar goes to michaela pereira. >> it's chocolate. >> reporter: i got really high there. that is not going to be eaten. >> i was robbed. i was robbed. it was politics. >> you're supposed to say i was just honored to be nominated. >> i say go with authentic. i showed up because i thought i was going to win. >> what a fun night for lupita, what a fun night for her brother. >> coming up on "new day," we're going to take you back to the crisis in ukraine. it's a battle about sovereignty but it's also a battle about east and west and russia. it could have an effect in the global economy and we're going to tell you why. [ garner ] there's a lot of beautiful makeup out there, but one is so clever that your skin looks better even after you take it off. neutrogena healthy skin liquid makeup. 98% saw improved skin. does your makeup d
incentives for the oil, gas, and other fossil energy companies. full funding for the affordable care act and new funds for labs to work on cyber security and research centers. $276 billion raised through changes to international tax system. democraticorgia, caller, what do you make of the budget? he has good intentions. people have to understand that pass nothingnna while obama is in office. until these people stop putting down the division in america and thinking democratic and republican and start thinking people, look to the people that are talking. most of these people who are talking and fighting obama, they are millionaires. beingon't care about republican or democrat. they care about their money. we need to understand this. we need to come together. we are hard-working people. we deserve everything we got. host: sam stein suites this out -- tweets this out -- the budget proposal is $100 million less than bush's 2002 level when adjusted for inflation. that caller was a veteran. military cuts could be rude array beginning -- rude awakening for veterans. puts thisgton post chart toge
of conserving energy and reducing emissions remains on tues and a promise that guy will severely punish servants and others involved in corruption. after the session. yes some delegates about these reports a team. i think the campaign against corruption should be more tightened up. it's also set out to report. i believe doing so. the company could hear the tone changes. he's the khaki it is a cd the basement. the finale of the most of them all. even knowing it will be some problem. atkinson we need to he too seems to us that the sun talk more about the government work report any state will still pull for scott has spent a day going through it to double its the bike talking about the seven and a half percent economic growth. titus was behind the decision to maintain that they get. this is very much about assisting china's economy from one of its export led to the one that relies more on domestic consumption. kissing oh what a relief not to say. we sit seven point one and since he only goes we considered that it was necessary. and feasible. the color last year kristen stayed and premier league aft
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and shopping. there's a reason for the mall but there's energy and new energy that has to be brought to the mall. >> it's like serving against agassi, every ball just comes right back. unbelievage, steve. >> thank you. >>> steve sadove, the man who brought a full floor of separate zip code shoe department in new york. >>> and let's get another check on the markets and traders absolutely glued to the news out of ukraine. the tensions eased, the dow up almost 200 points and the s&p 500 rebounding more than 1% and the nasdaq up 1.7%. we'll be right back on "squawk on the street." ...return on investment wall isn't a street... isn't the only return i'm looking forward to... for some, every dollar is earned with sweat, sacrifice, courage. which is why usaa is honored to help our members with everything from investing for retirement to saving for college. our commitment to current and former military members and their families is without equal. tdd#: 1-888-648-602121 tjust waiting to be found. ties tdd#: 1-888-648-6021 at schwab, we're here to help tdd#: 1-888-648-6021 bring what inspires
-- department. the drug enforcement agency. their work should be obvious. the energy department which is where my security clearance currently resides which looks after nuclear matters and energy matters. each of the five armed forces as its own intelligence branch. you put all that together and to 16 of them. the problem with the silos. we learned from 9/11 that all that intelligence was never brought together. lookyou retrospectively back and see all the clues, all the pieces were there and they never were put into a coherent whole. we need an integrated intelligence on a more practical level. i have a friend who went to graduate school. he was commander of the submarine. to go given an order photograph a brand-new ship from a hostile country. , tookt into shallow water great risks, took some photographs. he was able to escape and come out. manyyou think you have people live in your hands and you take that kind of risk. he later transferred to the national security council and was working on things when this particular question came up. they looked at the files with extensive photographs of
. energy costs soaring for many americans across the country. richelle carey is here with the very tough news. >> i know, it keeps getting worse john, this brutal winter has heat up all across the country. and the cost keeps rising, no matter what kind of heat you use. >> propane, natural gas, are higher, temperatures plunging demand for heating oil has soared, reaching new highs in some areas. >> last couple of years, consumers have been lulled into a safety net. this winter has hit with a bang. so consumers really weren't prepared for it. >> the residential price for propane is up 30% from a year ago. 5.5 million homes use propane. natural gas has jumped more than 20%. according to the census bureau about afl of u.s. households use natural gas as their home heating method. the bottom line, the average heating bill for an american family last year was $150. this year it is closer to $450. these increases are common in winter bit this has been an exceptionally cold season affecting so much of the country. the prices are under even more pressure. >> it really can't go on for much longer.
. department, which is where my security concerns currently reside. it looks after nuclear matters and energy matters. we also have each of the five armed forces has his own intelligence branch. you put all of that together. it comes to 16. -- weoblem with the silos learned from 9/11 that all of that intelligence was never brought together. retrospectively, we look back and saw all of the clues, all of the pieces were there and were never put into a coherent whole. .e need integrated intelligence on a more practical level of why you need integrated intelligence, i have a friend i went to graduate school with. he was commander of a summer rain. he was given an order to go photograph a brand-new ship from hostile country. he went into shallow water. he went in there good to great risk -- even in there. he took great risks. he was able to get out. came out and did his duty. to the nasansferred security council and was working on things when this particular question came up. they looked at the files with extensive photographs of this ship that he had risked his life and his crew to go photograph.
a strong interest in expanding the reach of the energy companies abroad, i think it will be extremely proud -- problematic in the circumstances. again, finding a much harder to attract the kind of investment they need and developing the greenfield or blue field projects in russia. so, it doesn't look like a very attractive scenario just at a time when the economy in russia is slowing down. >> the chinese have been nervous about a resurgence of russia for a while now. how are the chinese going to view all of this? what side are they going to come down on? about the realng long-term thinkers in the case of the chinese. i don't think they have actually been especially concerned by russia's resurgence he, as we call it. they have been able to drive a coach and horses through russia's influence in central asia to for example. i think they are very surprised that the number of things the russians have done the past two decades. capitalize on the boom years and the commodity markets. it rather looks like russia has beodel -- that cannot reformed. >> and more of the same from the chinese? >> i woul
russia could cut off their energy supply, right? >> exactly, and i think that europe is right. you have to except, this is a russian sphere of influence, and they have taken back the crimea, and we fought the crimean war to prevent this. but they got it back after stalin and in an era, they let it go to the yucata ukraine, any want it back, they have a vital interest, and we should not treada it. we would be gravely mistaken. we put down lines, and i think it's going to be very damaging to u.s. foreign policy with the whole world watching this, particularly the middle east, saudi arabia, and kuwait, and airiab emertus, and iraq, and i think they're going to see a u-turn this time, just like it was on syria on a red line, and it's very damaging to our policy and our prestige in the west. >> the markets we're watching too, and the investors as well today and yesterday. it was a down day yesterday. and up day today. do the markets know something that we don't know? >> no. when the major risk is faulk, but when you have troops on both sides facing each other in a tense situation, it only
to the mediterranean. many countries, particularly in the eastern europe, get faster amounts of fuel and energy from russia. this is a very complicated spider's web financially. >> what's being discussed are sanctions. christine romans, what kind of effect can this have on russia. >> russia sells all the gas and oil. it gets paid. if they are going to have some sort of dispute on aland gas with europe or is going to shut off oil and gas again to ukraine, it hurts itself. >> it does. you would have thought so. but, there are plenty of other places in the world where they can sell that. look down towards the east. look down towards southeast asia. and, don't forget, if there is disruption in the oil market, what happens to the price. >> it goes up. >> who gains if it goes up. >> russia. if you are a seller. >> the imaginations and permations, sanctions, the u.s. is fot wanting to shut russia out, for good cause. they are big players in the london financial markets. sanctions is always a policy that turns into somebody refuses to join in. >> vladmir putin already said yesterday very simply, we are all
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, putin has been using a number of weapons of coercion. especially energy. ukraine is dependent for about 70% of its natural gas from russia. and putin has wielded that very astutely. used it to undermine reformists, getti ian yanukovych back in po. that has failed in this instance and he's resorted to his more lethal weapon, the army. >> in the past, he has cut off that supply to ukraine. they're a vulnerable area financially. he knows all of this. what's his end game? >> well, ultimately, you know, like a lot of strong men or dictators, if you will, they need something to justify their power. and whipping up nationalism is a great way to do it. putin has said repeatedly, he thought the break-up of the ussa ha is a terrible thing. he want to re-create that. anyone who is part of the former ussr, putin looks at as a fake country. and so, you know, whipping up nationalism, going in and saying that you're going to protect russians in ukraine. the russians in ukraine were just fine and they would be fine under the new government there. that is, you know, an excuse to go in. and a flimsy one
the european union to cancel some of its energy contracts with russia costing in exports. the assumption is that putin may care about the wallet. joining me, steve piefer, currently the director of the arms control initiative with the brookings institute, and jane harmon, ceo and president of the woodrow wilson center for international studies. welcome to both of you. ambassador, let me start with you, since you spent so much time in the country. you made a comment here about what russia's real goal is. they already had access to crimea. they had it as a port. everything they quote/unquote needed about the black sea they had. this is more than that. what does putin want? >> he was unhappy about the events in kiev 10 days ago, and what this is designed to do is destabilize the kiev government. i think most analysts a week ago thought putin would do something, but what we were thinking, it would be economic levers. >> so far more aggressive than anybody thought? everybody is frankly taken aback. >> it was a surprise, he jumped over the economic measures and went to full-scale military okay
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to be a balance between the amount of energy you take in and the amount of energy that you expend, and we all need to move more, but we also need to control the amount of fat and sugar in our diet. professor snelling teaches at american university, undergraduate and graduate classes, on some of these topics that we have been covering this morning on the "washington journal." we have mentioned obesity rates a bit this morning. help us understand where we are. the two headlines that my confusion -- that might confuse viewers. a recent gallup poll -- u.s. obesity rates tick up to 27.1% in 2013. then here is a fox news story that says a new study shows a 43% job in obesity rates in young children ages 2 to 5. where are we really? guest: in the past 20 years, the obesity epidemic has been part of our culture. we are seeing certain age groups -- it is sad to think that we are talking about obesity rates in 2 to 5-year-old children. this is a preschooler. whether it is in a childcare setting or an apparent -- or in their parents' home. said it did by fox, drop, but we still have a long way to go because
. >> on top of that the supermarkets are crowded with other juices and energy drinks, competition that didn't exist 15 years ago. and the price of a box of oranges is predicted to increase every year which will likely be passed on to the consumer. >> christine johnson. thank you. >>> roberto writes about food and the consumer industry. "how america fell out of love with orange juice" was posted this week. weekend. >> thanks for having me. >> what do you think the most important one is? >> it's not really clees. the most important thing is definitedeafa disease called citrus greepg. it came to florida in the late '90s and it's pretty much affecting every single citrus tree in florida. >> i found fascinating that your article talks about our changes as consumers. a lot of people don't sit down to breakfast anymore and maybe that's why the drink is not so popular. >> it used to be you drink this drink in the morning and get this as part of your breakfast. now americans are not eating breakfast or eating breakfast on the go. >> that's a trend that's likely to continue.
to see that kind of activity even though it would make us much, much more energy independent right now. >> absolutely. it's a great question. fracking has been going on in the united states oil fields since the 1940s. we fracked over 1 million wells. what's new is horizontal fracking. we're drilling the wells horizontally, using higher pressures. it's a well-established practice. there's no evidence that fracking itself causes problems, and i think it's a little bit of a misdirection in a way. what really causes problems in these wells is poor well construction, and by that we mean it's a bad cementing job so there are gaps between the well and the cement. that can cause gas or hydrocarbons to escape to the surface. there are poor water management techniques so there may be improper disposal. there are chemical spills at the surface. so there are plenty of things for the industry to be concerned about and to keep an eye on, but, frankly, fracking just isn't one of them. >> at the same time, charles, how efficient is fracking generally speaking because we have these big oil fields that
and the energy they have brought to the electoral process. my gripe is not with the tea party. my gripe is with some washington organizations and feel like they have to go raise money by .eating up on me and others >> some members have pushed you to places you do not want to be. five years in -- leader. as the i do not think it has changed at all. my job is to listen to my colleagues, to work with my calling about and to fight with the common ground is so we can move forward. i don't believe things have changed at all. paste observation this week was an event that would cover here in washington. his assessment is that john boehner will likely set -- stepped down as speaker at the end of this year. agree or disagree? >> i think we have to wait for the election results. let's say the republicans have a very good year, they take control of the senate, which handicappers from's new andenberg -- stu rothenberg others think is more likely than not. usually, the republicans pick up in the house. john boehner would have a chance to pass legislation that would reach president's desk. he might ve
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